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Old 11-18-2011, 04:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default BC Interior - Weekend drive-able from Vancouver?

Hi people, as title says, looking to make a trip or two into the BC Interior. Its gotta be weekend drive-able from Vancouver cos i'm lame and have a weekday job.

Had a look through other threads here discussing Revy, KH etc but that a little far for me to drive with only two days off a week.

Thinking Big White, Silverstar and those places that're slightly closer to where i'm at.

Anyone have experience driving up that way for short trips? Wanna check out if its a do-able thing. I really can't get time off much so looking at options.

I know Baker is close by, and hope to get over there too... that's a different story. Whistler is also something that i'm doing anyway so not part of the discussion!

Any bit of a heads-up would be great!
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:30 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Have you been to Big White? I've only been there once, but it seemed kinda flat. Or maybe we just couldn't find the steeps?
I just checked there snow report, they have a 60cm base.
I've never been to Apex resort, but have been told it's wicked.
I just checked theres & they have 100cm, but look @ there trail map.
Not as many lifts but it looks better.
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Old 11-18-2011, 07:59 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm thinking later in the season, so what snow they have right now doesn't matter.

Yeh i've checked out trail maps, its always hard to tell what terrain is like huh.

Apex sounds like one of the smaller players, but could be good, especially if its not as busy
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We have friends who used to go up to Sunpeaks almost every weekend (they had a cabin). About a 5 hour drive. Sunpeaks is interesting in that there are 3 mountains involved and you are supposed to be able to go from one to the other without ever having to hoof it.
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We have friends who used to go up to Sunpeaks almost every weekend (they had a cabin). About a 5 hour drive. Sunpeaks is interesting in that there are 3 mountains involved and you are supposed to be able to go from one to the other without ever having to hoof it.
Yeah, you are correct, you can ride the main 2 lifts to the top of tod, cruise down some sick runs, take the chair that goes up the one next to it, go off the right, cruise down some untouched runs if it dumps (the runs that connect to morrisey, the 3rd mountain a lot of people leave out), and then rock a few runs on morrisy, super fun blue runs and some dub-blacks there with sick tree runs all over, and then ride over to the chair that takes you to the top of tod, you could do circles around the resort if you want and ride 3 different mountains in 1 day
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I second SunPeaks -the drive up is on the Coq so if conditions are bad that is the first roadway they tackle. From Merritt to Big White or Apex can be a tough slog. I have had it take 4 hours just for that portion due to blowing snow and bad conditions. Having said that weather is going to have a huge bearing on the travel times. If it is clear sailing you can do Sunpeaks, Big White, Apex all in a Friday night drive.
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cheaper? less gas? rv power hookup? manning is lap central but i dont know what their weekend lift schedule is this year

holy fuck that tod mt chair at sun peaks is slow, 20 minutes to the top at least theres no line
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Big White has the better park (good at SS too). Apex has the better freeriding. Sun Peaks doesn't get any snow. Silver Star is good but if you're going that far... you're just 1hr from Revy.
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cheaper? less gas? rv power hookup? manning is lap central but i dont know what their weekend lift schedule is this year
We go Manning a couple of times a year. Usually stay at one of the cabins for a couple of days. Lineups on Manning are virtually non-existant -- I think I waited 45 seconds once. But they have no park, except on paper.
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mannings park depends on whether or not they can afford to hire a park crew
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